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Print this page as a reference: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Resources/GuidesAndPamphlets/ChecklistForPrescreeningContractors.pdf
It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500 or more in labor and materials. Besides being illegal, unlicensed contractors lack accountability and have a high rate of involvement in construction scams. They also are unfair competition for licensed contractors who operate with bonds, insurance and other responsible business practices.
When a contractor is licensed you have legal and insurance protections, receive the correct permits, and line up the appropriate inspections necessary to make sure jobs meet you local building code requirements. Additionally, licensed contractors have the required training, experience, and must pass criminal background checks to obtain their license.
Protect yourself from scams, shaddy workmanship, and companies that disappear overnight. Verify the contractor’s license with the California State Licensing Board either by phone at 1-800-321-2752 or visit online at www.cslb.ca.gov
Read the Contractor’s State License Board’s Booklet “What Seniors Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor“. You can either download the publication form the CSLB website or have it mailed to you by calling (800) 321-2752.
Download here: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Resources/GuidesAndPamphlets/WhatSeniorsShouldKnow.pdf
Visit the Terms of Agreement – A Consumer Guide to Home Improvement Contracts, which covers the following: What is a contract?, Anatomy of a contract, Description of work, Complaints and Warranties, Money, Mechanics Liens, Canceling, Exceptions, Checklist.
What is a Mechanic’s Lien?
A mechanic’s lien is a “hold” or claim against your property that, if unpaid, allows a foreclosure action, forcing the sale of your home to satisfy any project debts. The lien is submitted to the County Recorder’s Office by the unpaid contractor, subcontractor, supplier or worker.
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There are groups of transient criminals that pose as door-to-door home repair contractors who rip off homeowners throughout California with painting, roofing, and paving scams. Not every door-to-door solicitor or family-owned business operates in this way; however, the Contractors State License Board urges consumers to be wary and to watch for any of these “red flags.”
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Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.